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1. Senate Panel Advances Yellen’s Bid to Lead Fed -

A Senate panel on Thursday advanced Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, setting up a final vote in the full Senate after lawmakers return from a two-week Thanksgiving break.

The Senate Banking Committee approved her nomination on a 14-8 vote. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-V.Wa., was the only Democrat to oppose Yellen's nomination. Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mark Kirk of Illinois supported her.

2. Senate Panel Advances Yellen's Bid to Lead Fed -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel on Thursday advanced Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, setting up a final vote in the full Senate after lawmakers return from a two-week Thanksgiving break.

3. In Government Shutdown, Obamacare Just Rolls On -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans pulling on the budget thread can't neatly unravel President Barack Obama's health care law.

A partial government shutdown next week would leave the major parts of the law in place and rolling along, according to former Democratic and Republican budget officials, as well as the Obama administration itself. Health care markets for the uninsured would open as scheduled on Tuesday.

4. Postmaster: Money Woes Behind Rate Hike Request -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday the Postal Service had no choice but to ask for an emergency rate hike given the agency's dire finances.

One day after his cash-strapped agency proposed raising the first-class stamp price to 49 cents, Donohoe urged swift action by Congress to overhaul the Postal Service and fix its finances.

5. One Week to Go Until Government Shutdown Deadline -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With a week left to hammer out a deal to avoid a government shutdown, some lawmakers seem resigned – if not rushing – to that end.

Most say they don't want the first government shutdown since 1996. But if the government happens to shut down, so be it. Republicans say it is part of their effort to dismantle Democrats' health care overhaul, while Democrats defending the law recall that similar standoffs gave them political gains.

6. Postmaster Says USPS May Need Emergency Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday his agency is in "the midst of a financial disaster" and may need an emergency increase in postage rates to keep operating.

7. Investigators: 36,000 Game Disability System -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Social Security made $1.3 billion in potentially improper disability payments to people who had jobs when they were supposed to be unable to work, congressional investigators said in a report Friday.

8. Bernanke: Congress Could Do More to Help Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday that Congress could do more to help the U.S. economy this year but instead has focused on reducing the federal deficit.

9. Senate Set to Approve Huge 2013 Spending Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate moved ahead Wednesday toward a vote on a huge, bipartisan spending bill aimed at keeping the government running through September and ruling out the chance of a government shutdown later this month.

10. Obama Presses On With GOP Charm Offensive -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama pressed on with his Republican charm offensive Thursday, holding a White House lunch with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan in an effort to soften the ground for potential talks on a long-term deficit reduction deal.

11. Senate Panel Revives Dozens of Tax Breaks -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate's tax-writing panel is moving to revive dozens of tax breaks for businesses like biodiesel and wind energy producers, even as the GOP-controlled House trumpets symbolic legislation to erase them and create a new tax code with lower rates and fewer special interest tax breaks.

12. Gov't Report: Tax Cheats Getting Paid by Medicaid -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of Medicaid health care service providers still got paid by the government even though they owed hundreds of millions of dollars in federal taxes, congressional investigators say. A legal technicality is making it harder for the IRS to collect.

13. Medicare Fraud Busters Unveil Command Center -

BALTIMORE (AP) – Medicare's war on fraud is going high-tech with the opening of a $3.6 million command center that features a giant screen and the latest computer and communications gear. That's raising expectations, as well as some misgivings.

14. Senate Procedural Snarl Could Shut Down FAA Again -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A procedural snarl and a single senator's objections could force another partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that Senate rules don't allow lawmakers to drop their current consideration of a disaster aid bill and shift to a stopgap funding measure for FAA and highway programs without the consent of all lawmakers.

15. Bill to Avert Another FAA Shutdown Passes House -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House on Tuesday approved a stopgap bill intended to avoid a shutdown of federal highway and aviation programs, with Senate action expected later this week.

The bill, which passed by a voice vote, temporarily extends operating authority for the Federal Aviation Administration through the end of January and federal highway and transit programs through the end of March.

16. Republicans Warn Against Waiving Air Subsidy Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican lawmakers warned Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a letter this week against waiving cuts in subsidies for air service to 10 rural communities unless he can show it would be too difficult for residents to reach a larger airport.

17. Senate Dems Give Way to GOP to End FAA Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate approved legislation Friday ending a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration and President Barack Obama signed it into law, clearing the way for thousands of employees to return to work and hundreds of airport construction projects to resume.

18. Gang of 6 Deficit Effort Gains Momentum -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Leaders of a bipartisan "Gang of Six" senators said Tuesday that they've reached agreement on a major plan to cut the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the coming decade in what could be a bold entry into a debate on the deficit long bogged-down by bitter partisanship.

19. Alexander Endorses Bipartisan Debt Reduction Plan -

NASHVILLE (AP) – Sen. Lamar Alexander has endorsed a debt reduction plan that would reduce federal spending by $500 billion as a down payment to reduce the deficit.

In a statement Tuesday, Alexander, R-Tenn., said the proposal would find almost $4 trillion in reductions over the next 10 years.

20. Coburn Proposes $9 Trillion Deficit Cut Measure -

WASHINGTON (AP) – One of the Senate's staunchest budget-cutters unveiled Monday a massive plan to cut the nation's deficit by $9 trillion over the coming decade. The plan by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is laced with politically perilous proposals like raising to 70 the age at which people can claim their full Social Security benefits.

21. Senate 'Gang of Six' Seek $4.7T in Deficit Cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A member of the "Gang of Six" senators working on a bipartisan plan to wrestle the deficit under control says the group has identified $4.7 trillion in spending cuts and revenue increases over the next decade.

22. Memories of 1995 Haunt GOP as Shutdown Talk Grows -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few memories haunt Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and recast House Republicans as stubborn partisans, not savvy insurgents.

23. Democrats Attempt to Revive Food Safety Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Food safety legislation stalled by a constitutional snag could be revived as part of a giant year-end budget bill.

The bill to increase the Food and Drug Administration's powers to keep food safe stalled after the Senate overwhelmingly passed it last week. House Democrats said the bill contained fees that are considered tax provisions, and under the Constitution such legislation must originate in the House.

24. Deficit-Cutting Plan Fails to Advance to Capitol -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's budget deficit commission failed to garner enough support Friday to spur quick congressional action, but it's austere spending blueprint will live on because a majority on the panel embraced it.

25. Senate Shuns Push for Elimination of Pet Projects -

WASHINGTON (AP) – By a sizable – but dwindling – margin, the Senate on Tuesday voted in favor of allowing lawmakers to keep stocking bills with home-state projects like roads, grants to local police departments and clean-water projects.

26. GOP Divided on How to Replace Health Overhaul Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans are promising to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care overhaul if they win control of Congress.

But, so far, they don't know what they would replace it with.

27. Battle Looms Over Health Care Repeal if GOP Wins -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If you thought passing the health care overhaul was messy, wait until Republicans try to repeal it if they regain power this fall.

It could come down to who blinks first, with some Republicans raising the prospect of a government shutdown.

28. Hoyer: Comprehensive Health Bill May Be No Go -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic congressional leaders confronted the reality Tuesday that they may not be able to pass the comprehensive health care overhaul sought by President Barack Obama. Republican leaders prepared to do everything in their power to make sure they can't.

29. Senate Report: 'Dirty Money' Still Entering US -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Foreign leaders and their families are still able to channel hundreds of millions of dollars in potentially corrupt money into the United States despite post-Sept. 11 laws cracking down on money laundering, according to a report released at a Senate hearing Thursday.

30. GOP Senators Put Cost Control First In Health Care Reform -

The sign over a hospital toilet illustrated why health care costs are soaring in the United States, said U.S. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming after touring Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto.

31. GOP Senators Put Cost Control First in Health Care Reform -

The sign over a hospital toilet illustrated why health care costs are soaring in the United States, said U.S. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, who toured Baptist Memorial Hospital Southaven today.

“Upstairs in this hospital, I went into the restroom and there’s a sign on the toilet, ‘Maximum weight of this toilet 350 pounds,” Barrasso said. “Think about that. There was a story that came out last week in USA Today, in the Wall Street Journal, in The New York Times about the cost of obesity to the health care system. It was $178 billion a year in added costs because of people who are eating too much and exercising too little.”

32. Dodd's Wife Serves on Health Care Company Boards -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The wife of a senator playing a lead role on a national health care overhaul sits on the boards of four health care companies, one of several examples of lawmakers with ties to the medical industry.

33. To Cover Both Wars, Senate Passes $91.3B Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is backing President Barack Obama's efforts to ramp up the war in Afghanistan, granting his request for $91.3 billion for military and diplomatic operations there and in Iraq.

34. US Senate Passes Credit Card Overhaul Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to rein in credit card rate increases and excessive fees, hoping to give voters some breathing room amid a recession that has left hundreds of thousands of Americans jobless or facing foreclosure.

35. Obama Seeks GOP Help for Recovery Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's economic stimulus legislation is headed for the Senate after a surprisingly partisan vote in the House in which Republicans united in opposition and 11 mostly conservative Democrats defected.

36. Alexander Looks ToHealth Care Reform in '08 -      Perhaps echoing an opinion he shared with The New York Times earlier this month - that the Republican party has "grown stale in its message and we're not as tuned in as we once were" - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.,